DAYS OF YORE
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After that I devoted more of my time to saw-milling and lumber.
I owned and operated saw-mills of my own and also for other
operators. I started as a construction millwright in 1939 and
worked at that off and on until 1942. Then I started to build
saw-mills in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Montana.
Now I am retired and have a good hobby shop in the basement of
our home. I do mostly wood-working in there. However, I also do
iron-working and designing of miniature steam engines and boilers.
I have just finished a miniature power plant that I treasure very
highly. It is built on scale and patterned after the big ones used
in saw-mills and for other commercial uses. The boiler is a
H.A.R.T. type, 11' x 26', with 16 1' tubes. It has
Dutch oven for firing with sawdust. The boiler setting is
steel-encased an a lined with Kast-Set Refractory. There are two
small steam engines. One is a remodeled Crators Pop Corn engine
driving a small electric generator for light. The other engine is a
2' bore x 2' stroke Stuart 5A model engine. It drives a
small rotary air compressor. I am enclosing a photograph of this
I have no traction engines at this time but hope to get one one
of these days. I have a few stationary engines and one small
boiler. Also, I am hoping to build a steam tractor. It will be
mounted on rubber wheels and have a twin engine. This engine will
be about 8 or 10 H.P.
I would like to say a few words in regard to the trend of
gasoline and diesel power versus steam power. It is my opinion that
gasoline and diesel are more economical than steam because they do
not take the manpower. However, as far as power is concerned, they
do not compare with steam. Also, all the noise is unbearable!
Furthermore, they are trying to build horns to imitate the steam
whistle but up until now they haven't made anything to compare
with the old steam quill.
In conclusion I wish to say that I have had my ups and downs in
the saw-mill and threshing career, but as of now. I am having the
time of my life. In other words living a 'life of
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